The iPad Mini Would be a Roaring Success at $250, Survey Shows

Apple has long been rumored to be working on a smaller iPad. A lot of tech bloggers have been eagerly awaiting any hint that it’s going to hit the market, and they’re not the only ones.

Price Grabber has just released the results of a survey they ran between April 23 and April 30. A total of 2,603 online shoppers in the U.S. were polled, and a fairly large number are definitely interested in the iPad Mini.

A full 52% of respondents said they would consider buying the iPad Mini, which was described as having a 7″ screen with a retail price of approximately $249 to $300. Nearly two thirds of the potential buyers pointed to the lower price as the main reason they’d buy it, and 54% said the smaller size would make the iPad Mini more portable. Just over half said that they’d pick it up as a gift if it were released in advance.

The only problem with this scenario is that I’m not sure Apple could sell a smaller iPad profitable while still offering the same performance. Even the iPad 2 currently has a BOM that would likely prevent a 7″ model from being cheap enough that it could be priced at $250.

But one can dream.